collaborative space

collaborative space


The Cohen's work follows a rational and methodical process, integrating onsite library planning workshops and online / video conferencing sessions. Our studio develops work products that relate to the specification of digital libraries, information services, educational solutions, learning commons, library staffing and space planning / architectural programming.


Since 1972, Aaron Cohen Associates LTD, Library Consultant, has drawn on our wealth of library space planning and programming experiences to assist in the application of service upgrades. Libraries around the world request our input on new buildings, renovations and additions--including the development of library operations, collections and storage systems. Our experience is broad, with projects ranging in size from small public libraries to large academic libraries.

collaborative space

It all began in 1972 when our founders, Aaron and Elaine Cohen, led a library planning workshop for a group of librarians from the U.S. Government. The workshop focused on the measurement of library services and behavior of user space. Soon the business expanded to include Alexander Cohen, MLIS; a second generation space planner and workshop facilitator, IT project manager, data analyst and library consultant. Our library space planning studio developed capabilities including AutoCAD, Revit, 3D capabilities, architectural programming and interior designer expertise. Our associates served international libraries, dedicated to development of active learning spaces.


All of us are aware of the forces changing the way we use information. Active learning spaces are critical to the development of a thriving public and/or academic community. We have a wealth of knowledge in the ways libraries function. We value the programs and services libraries provide to their communities. Our library consultants are thought-leaders in change strategies, resulting in service upgrades. Our programs detail the number of user seats, staff, technology and collections. We help our clients upgrade multi-purpose learning spaces. We support academic, government, law, medical, public libraries and systems, museums and corporate research institutes. Below is an example of an Interactive Workshop

library as place


We know how to upgrade the library master plan to enhance long term growth. We develop service profiles, concept designs and building programs to increase the effectiveness of the library organization. Our library master planning experience includes branding, funding, preservation, access, self-check "touch-points," security and LIS technology planning. Our strategy research includes digital asset management, usability design, intranets, academic learning systems, public collaboration portals, government and special library centers.

library as place


Library service upgrades can be simplified with a solid planning methodology. We measure the library's service data to discover and develop the collections, study spaces and staffing needs. Our measurements validate the library organizational plan to improve services. Our feasibility studies ensure there is an adequate budget for the service upgrades. We do phased planning based on cost estimations.


We recognize that staff needs are a trigger for organizational change. Our services enable libraries and learning centers to fund their innovations. We lead our clients through a process of discovery to help determine a plan for the library collection. Specifications may include high density storage, compact shelving, ARS systems, circulating collections, book vending machines and virtual libraries. Our service upgrades include learning commons concepts, research commons - peer / mentoring centers, classrooms, i-lab classrooms, information commons, mobile technology and collaboration spaces.


We offer community needs analysis, architectural programming and best practices to support library service upgrades.

We provide library space planning, organizational change and technology research services to support the development of active learning spaces.

We have in-depth knowledge of the ways in which library's function. Our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary studio consists of librarians (MLIS), architects, interior designers, educators, sound, data and lighting consultants. We are always looking for librarians and architecture firms to partner with our team on local and international projects.

We can work virtually, using video conferencing technology. This enables us to be in close communication with the project team.

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Over the years, our firm has been recommended for a number of high level library building projects. If there is a difficult building project, we are ready to support its objectives to a successful outcome.

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Our library planning team studies learning behavior - the interconnection of community, knowledge, IT, learning tools and spaces.

We provide operations planning to support innovative library architecture. We will share our research on library buildings and learning behavior; services and operations / strategy development / strategic change. Over the years, this has manifested itself into a number of new library buildings, additions and renovation projects.

Contact ACA to develop a long/short range library space plan.